Snohomish County school bus driver pulled off job after incident caught on camera

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 2, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 2 at 2:13 PM

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. -- A school bus driver in Snohomish County was pulled off the job after an incident caught on surveillance camera showed him pulling a student to the floor.

"I think it wasn't right. I didn't like that," said kindergartner Kynzie Reavely, recalling what happened on a school bus January 20.

"He grabbed my backpack, not my hair, not my body," said Kynzie.

"He" is not another student, but the bus driver, and what he did was caught on tape.

"He pulled me on the ground," said Kynzie.

The six-year-old's mom, Ashley Reavely, acknowledges her daughter was not following instructions on the bus, but said the driver's actions were wrong.

"It was unbelievable. It was horrible," said Reavely.

Reavely said the school district did not call her until days later on January 24.

"They made it sound like it was another girl on her bus," said Reavely.

She went to her daughter to talk about it.

"She told me, 'No, Mommy, it wasn't just a little girl. It was me,'" said Reavely.

Kynzie said she did not speak up because she had been embarrassed. Her mom has since seen the entire surveillance video.

"Right after the incident with Kynzie, there was stuff with other children," said Reavely. "It was horrifying. He didn't get up and beat 'em or anything like that. Still, he got up and grabbed pretty aggressively. He slapped them on top of the head pretty aggressively. It disgusted me."

Reavely said she is concerned because she felt the driver dealt with several children aggressively.

While the bus driver no longer works for the Snohomish School District, Reavely said she was told he could still work for other school districts.
 

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